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Bill Radke

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Year started with KUOW: 1985 – 1986, 1991 – 2004, 2012 

Bill hosts The Record and Week In Review. After starting with KUOW as a University of Washington student in 1985, Bill was KUOW's morning host in the '90s and the creator of past show, Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. 

Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report and returned to KUOW in 2012.

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Bill Radke talks to Jon Talton, Seattle Times economics columnist, about what it would mean for the Northwest if the proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health funding were enacted.

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
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Bill Radke talks to Anne Newcombe, the clinical director of emergency services at Harborview Medical Center, about what the hospital has seen since the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was implemented.   

Reporter Carolyn Adolph stands on a development site near Black Diamond, WA. Her fellow reporter Joshua McNichols is behind the camera.
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Bill Radke speaks with KUOW reporters Joshua McNichols and Carolyn Adolph about what they learned from their time reporting in Black Diamond for KUOW's Region of Boom team.

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The fate of President Trump's health care plan comes down to the wire.

We get into the pros and cons of Seattle's proposed soda tax and homeless levy.

How generous might Washington state get when it comes to paid leave?

And some people are pretty surprised to find out that their car tabs are way more expensive this time around.

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Bill Radke speaks with Kristen Bryant, Dennis Box and Johna Thomson about the controversy surrounding a planned development in Black Diamond.

Bryant is a member of Save Black Diamond, an organization that opposes the development. Thomson is a community volunteer who thinks the town would be better off if citizens worked with developers to make the best of inevitable change. Reporter Dennis Box has been following the development fight.

I lived in my car in Ballard for three years

Mar 23, 2017
Homeless RV
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Bill Radke speaks with Robert Loomis about his experience of homelessness in Seattle and how he wants the city to help him and other Seattle residents who don't have a stable home.

Bill Radke talks with AtWork! CEO Christina Brandt about how Medicaid cuts could affect people with disabilities. AtWork! is a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities find jobs.

women's bathroom
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Bill Radke talks with Shannon Keating, LGBT editor for Buzzfeed, about how the relationship between gender and bathrooms goes far beyond the modern controversies over transgender rights. Keating explains how through the years the women's room has represented misogyny and racism. She also details how some of Hollywood's most iconic horror scenes are filmed in the bathroom. 

Washington state capitol flag Olympia legislature
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Bill Radke talks to state Senator Joe Fain (R-Auburn) about the bipartisan Senate bill he is working on with Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Burien) that would require paid family and sick leave in Washington state. 

Bill Radke speaks with Safe Seattle's Harley Lever and Daniel Malone of the Downtown Emergency Service Center about tackling Seattle's homeless epidemic. Lever argues that there is too much bureaucracy already, and that are solutions to homeless issues that don't require another tax. Malone details what he's seen while working with the homeless and explains why this money is crucial to successfully house them. 

Father Antonio Illas
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Bill Radke talks with Father Antonio Illas of Auburn's Saint Matthew-San Mateo Episcopal Church. Before entering the priesthood, he worked for 25 years as a federal immigration agent in New York City.

Try out a Sad Bath. You just might like it

Mar 21, 2017
music concert
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From Seattle's Macefield Music Festival in Ballard DJ Michael Stevens shares with Bill Radke some local bands you ought to know about.

Dee Boersma snorkeling with penguin.
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Bill Radke talks to Dee Boersma, a University of Washington biology professor, about her new research on the feeding behavior of fledgling Galapagos penguins.  

Seattle's proposed soda tax is bittersweet

Mar 20, 2017

Bill Radke spoke with Dr. Jim Krieger and law professor Baylen Linnekin about the proposed tax on sugary beverages in Seattle. Dr. Krieger feels that the tax will steer people away from the unhealthy drinks and produce crucial tax revenue; Linnekin argues that this kind of taxation does little to help America's obesity epidemic while putting a tax strain on lower income communities. 

Bill Radke speaks with Hawaii State Senator Josh Green. Senator Green is also an ER doctor, and is trying to both house the homeless and reduce their trips to the hospital by introducing legislation that will allow doctors to prescribe housing for the chronically homeless. The Senator discusses why he feels this bill will pass and what that could mean for the future of homelessness in Hawaii and the rest of the United States. 

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